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Judith Proctor ([personal profile] watervole) wrote2017-02-14 04:24 pm

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 So tired today. Asthma.  We had a bout of fog a week or two ago and that trapped all the polution and set off a bad attack and I'm still not fully over it.

Seems to be a lethal combination of diesel fumes and wood-burning stoves that's causing the UK to breach clean air legislation with appalling frequency.

Funny thing really - I used to think wood-burning stoves were a great idea.  That was before  I discovered how lethal the fumes are from the best-designed stoves, let alone the worst ones.  Wood fires are nasty things and bonfires that have random stuff tipped on them are worst of all.

I was out walking a couple of days ago and was reacting to a bonfire long before I actually saw it.

Let wood rot down in your garden if you can. Be nice to beetles. Only burn it if you've no other option.  Your lungs will thank you.
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[personal profile] pensnest 2017-02-14 11:39 pm (UTC)(link)
I'm so glad that we have a small patch of land immediately next to our garden which is perfect as a depository for pruned branches (and, sometimes, grass cuttings). Our compost bins cannot cope with the output! Small beasties will be very happy in there, and we don't have to have bonfires.
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[personal profile] feng_shui_house 2017-02-14 11:59 pm (UTC)(link)
I have two compost heaps in my yard. Even without turning them, at the end of a year I can dig underneath and get enough nice rich soil to fill up a few pots, or add to a flower bed. So it looks a little farmy, there's no one but me to see.
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[personal profile] lexin 2017-02-15 02:40 pm (UTC)(link)
We have a large compost heap in the back garden of the flats. I once found two stag beetles on the path near it, the size of mini-vans. They were huge, I wish I'd photographed them for evidence they existed, because I've never seen beetles that big in the UK.
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[personal profile] ranunculus 2017-02-15 05:15 pm (UTC)(link)
I coughing as well. Mold, not smoke tho. So, much sympathy.
Of course we do burn in Ukiah where there is enormous amounts of downed wood and it composts very very slowly due to our 6+ months of very dry weather.

In my SF garden compost I cut my woody branches into fairly small lengths, 2 to 6 inches so it will pack down well and compost. If I just toss our a pile of prunings, especially on the Ranch it takes years for them to compost.
Edited 2017-02-15 17:16 (UTC)